Interesting Africa Facts


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1. The African white-backed vulture lacks feathers on its long neck. This helps the bird dig deep into a carcass without getting soiled.
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2. There are 1,000 languages spoken on the African continent.
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3. Melanin in dark-skinned African Americans provides natural protection from the sun, equivalent to SPF 13.
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4. Found throughout southern Africa, aardvarks use their keen sense of smell to sniff out their favorite food—termites.
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5. A second outbreak of Ebola has begun in the Congo, independently of the West Africa outbreak.
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6. African elephants can recognize human languages, genders and ages associated with danger.
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7. An animal-breeding experts were sent to Africa by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, to try to produce an army of half-man, half-monkey soldiers
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8. 41% of children in Africa aged 5 to 14 are involved in child labor.
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9. Alex the African grey parrot was the first and only non-human animal to ask an existential question.
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10. After hearing about the 9/11 attacks, the Maasai tribe in Africa gave 14 cows to America as consolation.
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11. 96 elephants are killed every day in Africa.
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12. East African vampire spiders drink human blood by eating mosquitoes that have just bitten humans.
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13. Charitable donations of clothing to Africa have led to the collapse of its textile industry.
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14. Lebanon is the only country in Africa or the Middle East that doesn’t have a desert.
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15. African Wildcats were first domesticated 10,000 years ago. They are the ancestors of modern housecats.
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16. The first female self-made millionaire in America was an African-American woman.
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17. There are countries in Africa with higher vaccination rates than the U.S.
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18. African-American men were not considered equal members of the Mormon church until 1978 because they were thought to be the sons of Cain.
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19. There are people in Sierra Leone, Africa that think Ebola is a hoax created by doctors to steal blood from patients.
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20. African elephants produce approximately 100 kilograms of manure per day.
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21. African Grey Parrots have vocabularies of over 200 words

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